A 2019 / 2020 holiday to the Larnaca region of Cyprus offers blue flag beaches, gorgeous landscapes and the resort of Ayia Napa, a modern resort complete with its own beaches, hundreds of activities, bars, clubs, restaurants and plenty more. Nissi beach is a favourite with families with its golden sandy beach, waterpark and shaded promenade, and the town of Protaras is a popular destination for couples.
The cypress groves in Protaras are a picturesque location for picnics and daytime walks, and Larnaca is a sweeping natural beauty, with rocky landscapes and fields peppered with wild flowers and windmills. For those who love to party, Ayia Napa has a neon strip full of late night bars and nightclubs, and there is an ancient amphitheatre and royal tombs for those wishing to see historical and cultural heritage sites. Whether it’s an adults-only cultural break, an action-packed getaway or family fun you’re looking for, a holiday to Larnaca is the perfect choice.
The variety of attractions available to visitors on a Larnaca holiday is astounding. The region’s most popular cultural heritage sites are the amphitheatre in Kourion, a 1000 year old Greco-Roman theatre, which has been painstakingly restored and is now used to host classical concerts and theatre, and the Tombs of the Kings, carved into the foothills around 3 kilometres from Paphos’ old harbour.
The village of Lefkara set in the Troodos Mountains is an attraction, with its beautiful cobbled streets and white stone houses with balconies flowing with blossoms. There are plenty of Blue Flag beaches in the region, and at least two waterparks. Larnaca is also home to the largest mountain range in Cyprus, the Troodos Mountains, and the 90 square kilometre National Forest Park here features pine forests, brooks, citrus groves, villages and over 800 species of flora and fauna. The salt lake southwest of Larnaca town is also an important habitat for waterfowl including flamingos and wild ducks, as well as being one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in Cyprus.
A holiday to Larnaca is an opportunity to sample the best of Cypriot cuisine. An exotic mix of Greek and Middle Eastern trends, blended with ancient influences like Roman root vegetables and old Phoenician delicacies, the range on offer throughout Larnaca is hearty and healthy. Many restaurants use an abundance of olive oil, pulses, lean meat, local herbs and freshly grown fruits and vegetables to create their signature masterpieces, and many of the tavernas along the coast feature dishes made from freshly caught fish. In the old town centre and the mountain villages, there can be found an array of traditional tavernas serving dips, braised, stewed and clay-cooked meats, fresh fish, and specialty cheeses and delicatessen cuts. In the more modern areas there is a fusion of more international cuisines, including Asian, Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern. The region also offers chauffeur-driven taste tours.
The region is also famous for its winemaking, and there are plenty of wineries, wine cellars and wine route where visitors can embark upon wine tours and wine tasting sessions.
A holiday to Larnaca is packed with fun filled activities and attractions to keep the whole family entertained. There are several fun parks in the region, including Party Place and Fun Factory that allow parents to kick back while the trained play assistants take care of the kids, Wow Action Park with bouncy castles and padded indoor climbing frames, slides and play areas, and Lucky Star Amusement Park with face painting, amusement rides and go karts.
The whole family can also enjoy sand sculpting lessons, go skateboarding at the indoor skate arena, have a paintballing session at Battlefield Live Cyprus, go bowling, quad biking, visit the planetarium, or spend the day with the animals at Camel Park. There are also two waterparks at Anastasia Aquamania and Waterworld, with pools, racer slides, a lazy river, and at Waterworld there are white knuckle rides like Apollo’s Plunge, Phaethon’s Flume and The Fall of Icarus, and both parks have designated spaces for smaller children.
Action & Adventure
There is never a dull moment on a Larnaca holiday, with so much to keep visitors active. Greek themed Waterworld boasts some fantastic, thrilling rides like Apollo’s Plunge, Phaethon’s Flume and The Fall of Icarus, and there are nature trails throughout the region, as well as around the salt lake. Sports on offer include beach volleyball and tennis, bowling, cycling, shooting, swimming, football, watersports including windsurfing, kitesurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, canoeing and kayaking, and there are two multisport complexes in the region.
Try out the regions take on health and fitness with some sea yoga, or satisfy your sense of adventure with an animal safari or donkey ride. Dive into the deep at the Zenobia wreck, now a protected artificial reef, home to species like grouper, barracuda, kingfish, jacks and trigger fish, as well as moray eels, stingrays, turtles and octopus, or view the wreckage from above in a glass bottom boat.
With multiple Blue Flag beaches to choose from, a Larnaca holiday is the perfect seaside escape. Larnaca’s most famous promenade can be found at Foinikoudes Beach, a 600 metre palm tree-lined stretch along the coast. With fine sands and calm, shallow waters, the beach here is the ideal setting for relaxation, with a fishing harbour at one end and a second pier at the other from which diving expeditions are offered. Facilities include showers and toilets, changing rooms, sun beds and umbrellas, as well as a number of cafes, bars and restaurants. Close to Larnaca’s old airport is Mckenzie Beach, another of the region’s Blue Flag beaches. Here can be found calm, clear waters and fine, golden sands surrounded by lush greenery, with all the expected amenities, as well as a range of water sports.
Other Blue Flag beaches include Kastella Beach, Yanathes Beach and Faros Beach, and CTO Pyla Beach holds beach tennis tournaments, as well as offering a children’s playground, beach volleyball and beach tennis courts to visitors.
The city of Ayia Napa is the region’s nightlife hotspot, with over 90 bars and 12 clubs. Most of the nightlife can be found in the centre of town, and Circus Square is where the busiest bars with open air entertainment can be found. Some of the best bars in the area include Ambassaden, Bazaar Bar for R ‘n’ B, Igloo Bar, Titanic, and Hollywood Bar. For quieter nights, the bars in Nissi Avenue are a great place to enjoy a cocktail or two, while Castle Bar is the place to go for house music, and for contemporary club hits there is Bedrock.
Along the neon strip, the late-night clubs usually open around 1am and close around 5am, with a couple staying open until breakfast. They generally play a range of dance, urban and party music, with the larger clubs with more than one room playing multiple genres. Reps offering free entry tickets can usually be found around the town, and the range of pop classics and floor fillers mean that Ayia Napa is the place to dance.
Larnaca is a region suffused with romance, thanks to its connection with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, and is a popular location for weddings, honeymoons and romantic escapes. There are plenty of nature trails in the area for couples wishing to spend their days taking a leisurely walk in each other’s company, and wine tasting makes for a fantastic couple’s evening. Embark on a mini cruise, go sailing, or simply chill out on the beach. Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the many traditional tavernas, or try your hands at sea yoga.
Some of the venues people have chosen to tie the knot are imbued with a sense of romance, and these include the Medieval Fort at the end of the Foinikoudes promenade, the Castle Pier with its endless blue sea views, and the salt lake, abundant in natural beauty and home to flocks of flamingos.
Larnaca is a region with a rich cultural heritage, and many civilisations have left their mark on the area, including Roman, Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian, Ottoman and English cultures. It boasts a dazzling array of archaeological and historical treasures, including the Byzantine museum of ecclesiastical treasures, the Neolithic settlement at Choirokoitia Archaeological Site, the old aqueduct at Kamares, the Medieval Fort, a sculpture park, a network of Venetian watchtowers, and the Kition Archaeological Site, an important 9th Century BC site.
Larnaca is also awash with museums and galleries, including the Craft of Caning museum, which showcases Livadia's unique basket weaving craft, the Folklore Museum in Aradippou, Kato Drys Bee & Embroidery Museum dedicated to rural life, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Municipal Natural History Museum, the Medieval Museum and the Agricultural Museum. Wherever you look, you’re bound to find a cultural attraction to delve into on your holidays to Larnaca.